Kiwimbi Messenger
March 9, 2017



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Opportunity through Education

Kiwimbi and St. Thomas Amagoro Girls' Secondary School
~~~ PAST IMPACT ~~~

When Kiwimbi came to Amagoro in 2012, St. Thomas Amagoro Girls' Secondary School had never sent a single student to college. Kiwimbi's first camp program gave Metrine the support she needed to pass the national secondary school exam (KCSE) and matriculate at a teacher training college in 2013. (We introduced readers to Metrine in our May, 2013, newsletter.)
~~~ CURRENT IMPACT ~~~

Today, Kiwimbi's impact is seen in the 2016 KCSE results.  Fully seventeen girls from St. Thomas qualified to attend college! Among these students is Winrose Makokha, pictured above and below, who scored an average of B+ (including an A in mathematics and a B+ in physics). Winrose is the first student in the history of these rural Kenyan schools to ever score a grade of B+ or higher and to end up with the possibility of studying engineering in college.
Winrose was a beneficiary of the English Access Program described in our last newsletter. She plans to study engineering in college. 

She and the other young women who passed the exam this year have taken advantage of the books and other resources at the Library. Although Kiwimbi does not run academic programs at St. Thomas, we do tutor and provide other support at the Library. Our proximity to this under-resourced girl's secondary school has  been instrumental in the increasing exam success rate for these young women in the last five years.

Currently, Winrose is working as a volunteer teaching assistant at St. Thomas. She tells us that she got the idea of volunteering from being a beneficiary of Kiwimbi programs, which are staffed with many volunteers. 
Introducing Kiwimbi's Newest Trustee Member 
 
Terri Geiger is the newest member of Kiwimbi's Board of Trustees.  Terri is a veteran associate of ADP, having just celebrated her 30-year anniversary.  Over these years, she has worked in service operations, implementation and global product, and technology.  Currently, Terri is VP - Business Relationship Management, acting as the liaison between ADP's largest business and information technology unit to ensure technology solutions are delivered to meet client needs.  
  
Over the years, Terri has learned that a team of determined and dedicated people make a measurable difference.  Terri's passion for Kiwimbi rises from that same lesson.  After learning about Kiwimbi and the incredible progress made, she knew it was the right organization to invest that same determination and dedication to.  She finds inspiration in the mission and values of Kiwimbi and cannot wait to be a part of the impact.
 
An aspiring amateur photographer, enthusiastic traveler, and proud aunt of three nephews and a niece, Terri will be working on how best to work with corporations to secure funding and sponsorship and other areas of value.

~~~ Coming Soon! ~~~

Back by popular demand - Kiwimbi partners with Twisted Treks  for a yoga and hiking adventure.
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